Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters on Friday that an NBC News report of President Trump proposing a “tenfold” increase in nuclear weapons was false.
It’s a shame that the media keeps spinning false stories that our leaders then have to take time out to correct when they should be focusing on far more important issues. Mattis slammed NBC on Friday during a visit to the Pentagon, saying that he at first thought his staff was playing a joke on him:
“Let me just tell you, I saw that article and at first I thought maybe…that somebody clipped something out…it was one of those, it’s a way to keep a little bit of lightheartedness and a rather grim job.”
“There was no discussion with that tone or that content that I recall in the Pentagon or at any other time.”
“I will even remove that I recall. I think I would recall a conversation about doubling or ten times the nukes, Okay. I’ve never had that discussion.”
Listen to Mattis yourself here:
These comments follow up a statement earlier this week in which he also denied the story, saying:
“Recent reports that the president called for an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal are absolutely false. This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible.”
President Trump backed him up with his own Twitter post:
Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017
The things that the media just makes up and tells to the public are both heinous and deeply irresponsible. We expect the news to tell us the facts, and our leaders depend on journalists to give unbiased reporting to citizens so they can make informed political decisions.
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(h/t Washington Examiner)